The New Year brings with it new resolutions, oftentimes with self-promises to be more healthy. Unfortunately, most people don’t know where to start. Certainly adding more seafood to your diet can help – doubling your intake of well-prepared fish can help curb depression and boost brain functions – but there is more to a healthy life than just seafood. To help ring in your 2021 and keep those resolutions going, we’ve found 5 easy ways you can be healthier.
- Get moving! Be physically active for 30 minutes most days of the week. Break this up into three 10-minute sessions when pressed for time. Healthy movement may include walking, sports, dancing, yoga, running or other activities you enjoy. Make it easier to stay on track with an exercise app – Prevention Magazine found 30 options that people loved last year.
- Eat a well-balanced diet. A diet that’s low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and moderate in sugar, salt and total fat is best. Be sure to get plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins (seafood is a great choice!). Plus adding fish 2 – 3 times a week helps decrease risk of heart disease and improve brain health! Find a lot of quick and healthy ways to prepare seafood on our recipe blog or check your favorite online site!
- Stay hydrated; but don’t stress the numbers. Women should consume about 11.5 cups of water a day and men should aim for 15.5. Don’t stress drinking it all in your hydroflask though – your daily coffee and certain foods contain some water; this helps fill in the gaps. Find some great water bottles that will help you keep track and look pretty stylish on your desk.
- Sleep tight! The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Help get to sleep faster by not looking at your phone in bed (see more on this in #5).
- Take time to disconnect. The Mayo Clinic identifies a healthy amount of screen time at just 2 hours a day for adults and teens. They note a correlation between decreased screen time and decreased obesity, depression and anxiety and improvements in relationships. Get some ideas on what to do when you’re stuck at home and trying to steer clear of screens from this article by Bustle!